NORTHFIELD — Walter John Laws, 61, a resident of Northfield for eight years, died at his home following a period of failing health.
Walter was born in Boston, Oct. 26, 1952, son of the late Walter E. and Marie (Arsenault) Laws. He had resided in Bristol for many years before moving to Northfield. Prior to his retirement Walter worked as a truck driver for various construction companies and retail consumer companies.
Walter enjoyed the outdoors and camping. He enjoyed time spent with family, especially his grandchildren. Over the years his pastimes included, tinkering with autos and enjoying his animals. He was a pool player and member of a local downtown league.
Walter's family includes, his daughter, Karen A. Hanser of Sanbornton; sons, William J. Laws of Windham
Brian M. Laws of Bristol, and Walter J. Laws II of Bedford; eight grandchildren; his former wife, and mother of his children, Margaret Laws of Bristol; a brother, Richard Laws of Hull, Mass.; a sister, Joan Dickerson of Quincy, Mass.; two nieces and two nephews.
Calling hours will be held Saturday, April 5, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the William F. Smart Sr. Memorial Home, Franklin-Tilton Road in Tilton. A celebration of life will follow the calling hours at the Greenside Restaurant at Lochmere Country Club, 360 Laconia Road, Tilton. Burial will be at a later date.
Those wishing may make memorial contributions in Walter's name to the New Hampshire Humane Society, P.O. Box, 572, Laconia, NH 03247-0572.
For more information go to www.smartfuneralhome.com
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 06:52
LACONIA — Robert W. Caswell, 81, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 5, 2014, at his daughter's home in Troy, N.Y.
Robert was born April 3, 1932, to the late Richard W. Caswell and Doris (Gravenhorst) Caswell in Hackensack, N.J., and was the beloved husband of the late Mary Lamont Caswell who died in June 1996.
Robert was a civil engineer, graduating from the University of Rhode Island in 1954, and was a member of the Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honorary Society. Subsequent to receiving an ROTC commission, Robert entered the Army Corps of Engineers, serving two years active duty. Licensed as a professional engineer in 13 states, Mr. Caswell was employed as a civil engineer, environmental engineer, project manager and executive for several consulting engineering firms in the United States and abroad. Accompanied by family, he lived in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Southeast Asia for more than 12 years, working on major water supply, wastewater, power plant and building projects.
Robert was a member of several professional organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Water Works Association and the New England Water Works Association.
Bob enjoyed skiing, photography, sailing and traveling. In his early 70s, to his family's surprise, he developed a passion for dancing, took lessons and enjoyed dance showcases and ballroom dance-theme cruises.
Survivors include his son, Eric A. Caswell (Lauren) of Northfield, Vt.; his daughter Jennifer L. Nixon (William) of Troy, N.Y.; grandsons Elliot and Beckham Caswell of Northfield, Vt.; granddaughters Kathryn Nixon of Rochester, N.Y., and Victoria Nixon of Troy, N.Y.; sister Susan P. Caswell of Wood River Junction, R.I.; brother Jonathan H. Caswell (Pearl) of Laconia, N.H.; niece Becca; and nephews Brad, Chris, Alan and Caleb.
A memorial dance will be held in Bob's honor on April 26, 2014, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Let's Dance Studio, 5 North Main St., Concord, NH 03301. Arrangements by the McLoughlin & Mason Funeral Home, corner of 109th Street and Third Avenue, Lansingburgh.
Contributions in Robert's memory may be made to the LRGH Community Wellness Center, 80 Highland St., Laconia, NH 03246 or the National Foundation for Cancer Research, 4600 East West Highway, Suite 525, Bethesda MD 20814.
To light a candle and send condolences please visit mcloughlinmason.com
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 06:49
LACONIA — Julie Anne Gaillard, 36, of 188 Sheridan St., Lakeport, passed away after a long battle with gastric cancer, surrounded by her loved ones, on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center.
Julie was born Aug. 27, 1977, in Laconia, the daughter of Gayle Gallant and James Gaillard. She spent most of her life in Laconia and Belmont. She also lived in Florida for nine years and received her Associate's Degree in the dental field.
Julie was a free spirit and enjoyed living life to the fullest. Her many interests included fishing, camping, golfing, snowboarding, antiquing at the local thrift shops and traveling. During her tenure at Continental Airlines, her job enabled her to travel to Hawaii, Mexico, Las Vegas, and numerous other destinations.
Julie's family and friends were very important to her. She loved time spent with family and friends and was always full of love, fun and laughter. Her outgoing personality, infectious smile, sense of humor and kind heart afforded her many lifelong friends. She will be missed by all her knew her.
Julie especially adored her niece and nephews. Whether it be a sleepover with Maddy, fishing at the Lakeport dam with Riley, or cheering on Jake and Drew at their soccer games at Laconia High School, she always loved spending time with them.
Julie is survived by her partner, Katie Ferguson, of New Durham; mother, Gayle Gallant, of Laconia; her father, James Gaillard, of Laconia; a brother, Scott Fazzina; and a sister, Leslie Lovely, both of Gilford; a niece, Madeline Pauline Lovely; and three nephews, Jake, Andrew and Riley Sykes. Survivors also include her grandmother, Pauline Gallant; her uncle, Michael Gallant, and his wife, Jane, of Gilford; her aunt, Gloria Gallant, and her husband, Wilbur Bickford, of Belmont; and three cousins, Dawn Eastman, Deborah Gallant and Samantha Nock.
She was predeceased by her grandfathers, Ernest Gallant and George Gaillard and by a grandmother, Eunice Gaillard and an aunt, Becky Houle.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday, April 4, 2014, at 11 a.m. at St. Andre Bessette Parish at Sacred Heart Church, 291 Union Ave., Laconia, N.H. There will then be a celebration of Julie's life at the Leavitt Park House, 334 Elm St., Lakeport immediately following. A private burial will be held later in the spring in the family lot at McCoy Cemetery, Gilford.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Norris Cotton Cancer Center, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, 1 Medical Center Drive, Lebanon, NH 03756.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant St., Laconia, is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Monday, 31 March 2014 06:42
MEREDITH — Irene Flanders, 100, passed away on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at Lakes Region General Hospital in Laconia. She had been a resident of Golden View Health Care Center in Meredith.
Irene was born on July 25, 1913, in Alexandria, the daughter of Herbert and Jennie Tenney. She married John F. Flanders, at age 17, and they moved to Bristol where they lived for 27 years. In the early 50s, they moved to Center Harbor where they lived for 50 years. She and her husband, John, enjoyed working in their vegetable garden.
Irene did housekeeping for families around the Lakes Region for 14 years. She always kept her own home looking good. Through the years, she was employed at the Laconia Hospital, the Belknap County Nursing Home and the asbestos mill in Meredith.
Irene loved to be with other people. She never liked being alone and enjoyed visits from her family. She liked to cook and was fond of animals. She always had a dog or cat.
After selling her home in Center Harbor, she moved to Ashland. She was a resident of White Mountains Courts. At 94, she was presented with the Boston Post Cane for being the oldest citizen of the town. She didn't stop driving until she was 94.
Irene was known for her beautiful smile! She contributed her remarkable longevity to always being happy. Her nieces, nephews and friends will miss her.
Irene is survived by several nephews and nieces. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her infant son, Roland, her husband, John, two brothers, Cecil Tenney and Howard Tenney, one sister, Lois Grace, and a son, Richard Flanders, who passed away in August of 2013.
There will be no calling hours.
Graveside services will be held later in the spring at the Oakland Cemetery in Meredith.
For those who wish, the family suggests that memorial donations be made to Pemi-Baker Community Health, 101 Boulder Point Drive Suite 3, Plymouth, NH 03264 or the Alzheimer's Association, MA/NH Chapter, New Hampshire Office, Five Bedford Farms Drive, Suite 201, Bedford, NH 03110.
Wilkinson-Beane-Simoneau-Paquette Funeral Home & Cremation Services, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, N.H. is assisting the family with the arrangements. For more information and to view an online memorial go to www.wilkinsonbeane.com.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 March 2014 06:48